Dec 6, 2021
Lightsaber Sound Design: an extreme deep dive in 4 levels.
NOTE: This episode contains a plethora of lightsaber sound
effects that may be jarring for some listeners. You may want to
have the volume controls handy. Furthermore, headphones or a quiet
environment may be helpful for part 3 (starting at the 1-hour mark)
if you want to hear the details in the sound design
- 0:00:00 - Hello there.
- 0:00:30 - Description of action in minutes 31-35 of Star
- 0:17:14 - Level 1: What do lightsabers sound like in various
states of operation? (ignition, retraction, hum-buzz, swing, clash,
- 0:33:08 - Level 2: Historical/documentarian perspective. How
did Ben Burtt make the first lightsaber sounds, and what were his
- 0:59:38 - Level 3: Mega sound design nerd stuff. We break down
the lightsaber sound in extreme detail and talk about how to
- 1:49:31 - Level 4: Big picture discussion, the future of
lightsaber sound design, why old lightsaber sounds were
- 2:18:53 - SWMM Questionnaire
- 12) Distress
- 3. Force
- 6a. Imperials (Motif) (when O-W is telling Luke about his
- Note: For consistency, I use the theme names and numbers
established in Frank Lehman's Complete Catalogue of the Musical
Themes of Star Wars. You can download it free at his website:
Where we are in the soundtrack album:
- "Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People"
Sound Sources and Other References:
MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE:
1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound
2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound
that you want to learn more about?
- "Duel of the Fates" orchestration
3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides
anything Star Wars?
- I, Robot (composed by Marco Beltrami)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (composed by John Du
- Spirited Away (composed by Joe Hisaishi)
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